Leggett Names Climate Change Task Force
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) announced today he is establishing a task force to help the county coordinate programs aimed at cutting down on the county's carbon footprint.
"We want to make sure Montgomery County becomes a leader," he said at a press conference announcing the task force.
Leggett named 26 people to the panel, which will be co chaired by Department of Environmental Protection director Bob Hoyt and former Maryland environment chief Jane Nishida. Nishida served in the administration of Gov. Parris N. Glendening (D) and now works on environmental issues at the World Bank.
The task force, whose nominees must be approved by the County Council, also includes Marc Chupka, who authored a Climate Change Action plan during the Clinton administration, and an array of local environmental activists and representatives of environmentally focused non-profits, as well as business officials from Marriott, Pepco Holdings, and IDI Group, a major developer in Montgomery County.
In addition, the panel includes representatives of the county's planning department, the public schools, and Montgomery College and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. It is expected to begin its work in September.
Council member Roger Berliner (D-Potomac, Bethesda) who recently won approval of a package of climate change bills, said the task force will be key to ensuring that the county "meets our goals and sets targets." Like many jurisdictions in the Washington region, Montgomery County has failed to meet standards for clean air compliance for several years.
Hoyt, who took over as the county's environment chief six months ago, said that the county has an array of programs, but "what is abundantly clear to me is we have to do more."
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